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Night Navigation

Location:

Peak District

Cost:

£45 per person

Duration:

Half a night

Max. Ratio:

1:6

A welcome to the dark side…

Being on the hill at night can be a rewarding experience in its own right, and not just the result of a temporary geographical misplacement earlier on in the day.

We discuss and practice not just techniques for navigating in reduced visibility but also different types and the correct use of torches together with how to cope if your batteries run out. We use the dark to give us the reduced visibility, as even in the wilds of the Peak District we have learned how to predict that bit. The same techniques apply to fog, mist, driving snow etc – which we are still working on how to predict several months in advance!

“The night navigation course is a must for any serious hiker” Judy. Buxton.

The course is aimed at reasonably competent navigators who want the extra confidence from the knowledge that they can handle any navigational challenge they find themselves in.

Course Dates

Sat 28 Sept
Sat 30 Nov

Bespoke Dates

If there are no suitable dates available, or there are two or more of you that want to experience some night navigation, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Meeting Point

The course will meet near Hathersage / Grindleford.
Both have good bus and train links to Sheffield and good train links to Manchester.

Course Format

The evening is flexible to suit the prevailing weather conditions and times of darkness. We usually start at 1900 and finish at about 2300 spending all the time on the hill.  Your exact meeting point will be confirmed approximately 3 days before the course after we have studied the weather forecast to try and give you the best experience possible.

Course Format

We start with a short safety brief and chat to work out individuals knowledge of navigating at night before heading out onto the hill and covering:

  • Navigation at night – equipment and setup
  • Torches and their uses
  • Micro nav – what is it and how do we use it
  • Bearings and pacing
  • Navigation without a torch
  • Lots of practice!
Equipment Required

Maps

    • The Peak District Dark Peak area 1:25,000. OL1 and compass. We recommend the Silva Expedition compass. Read our review

here

Rucksack containing:

      • Warm and waterproof clothing
      • Gloves that enable you to use a compass
      • Food and drink
      • Personal first aid kit (for headaches, blisters and minor cuts)
      • Torch/s and spare batteries
      • Camera if desired
      • Notebook if desired
Recommended Reading

Whilst it is not required to read anything before the course (apart from the joining instructions!). The official handbook of Mountain Training (National Governing Body) that covers navigation contains lots of useful information. It is:
Mountain Training Handbook, Volume 4, Navigation in the mountains. Carlo Forte.
Ordnance survey also produces a very useful free downloadable guide: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/docs/ebooks/map-reading.pdf

Accommodation

This Beyond the Edge course is non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There is lots of accommodation in the Hope Valley and we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate (code given on booking) and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm

Fitness/Training

You certainly don’t have to be super fit to enjoy the course, but if you have never walked over the moors during the day, try that before we do it at night!

Related Courses

If you have progressed through our Introduction to Navigation, Intermediate navigation and Advanced Navigation you want a further challenge, book a bespoke day for an entertaining navigational challenge around the aircraft wrecks on Kinder Scout.

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